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Sterling Hill Mining Museum

30 Plant St, Ogdensburg, NJ 07439-1126
+1 973-209-6463
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Check out the fluorescent rocks!

One of the few places in the words where fluorescent rocks are naturally occurring, this world... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Natalie T
Great trip , maybe a bit long if you aren't into rocks

A great place ... the entire tour was a bit too long but each part were very entertaining ... just... read more

Reviewed 15 October 2017
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Step Into Earth Science.... Come take a ¼ mile underground walking adventure into the 4th oldest mine in the country and the last working underground mine in NJ. Most everything man made has something to do with mining. At the Sterling Hill Mining Museum well show you just how it's done. From drilling and blasting to the processing of the ore, we’ve got it all! While on tour you will see a mining equipment history display, a drilling and blasting demonstration and the world famous fluorescent "Rainbow Tunnel" where everybody gets to take home a fluorescent mineral specimen. Right here in NJ is one of the world's richest zinc ore deposits, the area boasts over 350 minerals, about 70 of which fluoresce. That's about 10% of the known minerals in the world right here in NJ. As well as the richest fluorescent mineral deposit in the world. You can collect minerals from all over the world, including fluorescence, yourself 7 days a week when the museum is open.
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  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
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30 Plant St, Ogdensburg, NJ 07439-1126
+1 973-209-6463
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

One of the few places in the words where fluorescent rocks are naturally occurring, this world famous mineral deposit is now a mining museum offering a look into the past and a tour of the real mine. The entire experience is fun for the whole...More

1  Thank Natalie T
Reviewed 15 October 2017

A great place ... the entire tour was a bit too long but each part were very entertaining ... just put together it was long . If you have 2-3 hours to kill an/or like rocks then this is great!

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Reviewed 15 September 2017

This a great way to spend a few hours with your family or if you have an interest in geology or business history. There is a public tour at 1pm each day and we've taken the tour half a dozen times over the years, the...More

1  Thank Acastus
Reviewed 28 August 2017

I think we were just victims of poor luck on this trip - heard from a friend that this place had a fabulous tour of an underground mine so we decided to check it out. Unfortunately the tour guide we got stuck with was pretty...More

1  Thank TravelingGirl29
Reviewed 23 August 2017

First time Visitor to the mines. The prices are good, our tour guide Debbie was Very friendly and knew a lot about the mine and the history of the surrounding area. The 2 hours for the tour is just about right. The only thing was...More

1  Thank cmarrero74
Reviewed 11 August 2017

I am a 62 year old, fairly active senior lady who lives at the shore in southern NJ. This museum was my first stop on a three day trip I planned for traveling solo. The museum only has two tours per day with each tour...More

2  Thank iruninnj
Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

This is a great field trip for earth science teachers. The mineral and rock collection is impressive and beautiful, the fluorescent rocks definitely were the best part. Our tour guide was very friendly, knowledgeable and funny. However, the beginning of the tour was a bit...More

1  Thank Tds1983
Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

What a great family fun day! Would highly recommend!! Enjoyed the tour and doing our own mining!! A must do!

1  Thank Michelle W
Reviewed 28 June 2017

there is a room where you can see rocks that fluoresce. there is a place to climb through rocks to collect one for yourself. there is also an underground tour of a mine.they also have quite a collection of old mining equipment.

1  Thank souperbev
Reviewed 24 May 2017

We did the 1PM tour of the mine on a Saturday and had a great time with the family. 2 Seniors, 2 adults, and a child in our party. The tour is about 2hrs, with a group of about 20 ppl or so. Stroller safe...More

1  Thank RobChills
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10 June 2016|
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Response from yumabatguano | Reviewed this property |
A good portion of the tour of the mine itself is. However there are several sections of the tour where there are stairs. I believe they have an alternate entrance to those sections. If you give them a call I am sure one of... More
24 April 2016|
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Response from Gforce61 | Reviewed this property |
No, you walk in to a tunnel at the base of a big hill. Everything is on even ground when it comes to mine tour. It's an easy walk and family-friendly.